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Joint Anti-Fascist Refugee Committee v. McGrath

Joint Anti-Fascist Refugee Committee v. McGrath
Argued October 11, 1950
Decided April 30, 1951
Full case name Joint Anti-Fascist Refugee Committee v. James Howard McGrath, Attorney General, et al.
Citations 341 U.S. 123 (more)
The judgments are reversed and the cases are remanded to the District Court with instructions to deny the motions that the complaints be dismissed for failure to state claims upon which relief could be granted.
Court membership
Case opinions
Plurality Burton, joined by Douglas
Concurrence Black
Concurrence Frankfurter
Concurrence Jackson
Dissent Reed, joined by Vinson, Minton
Clark took no part in the consideration or decision of the case.

Joint Anti-Fascist Refugee Committee v. McGrath, 341 U.S. 123 (1951), was a United States Supreme Court opinion revolving around the right of association.


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The Francisco Franco during the Spanish Civil War and World War II. The district courts and appeals courts had ruled that the organizations could not sue because there was no specified way to redress their grievances in the case.


Justice Hugo Black offered a concurring opinion in which he compared government blacklists to bills of attainder. He appended a passage from the footnotes of the historian Thomas Macaulay's History of England from the Accession of James the Second describing the evils of the great Act of Attainder enacted at the behest of James II.

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341 U.S. 123 (1951) Link to full text of case on

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